2017 BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe Review
Pros & Cons
- Distinctive styling for a sedan of its size
- Excellent performance with either engine option
- Modern interior design trimmed with excellent materials
- Newly updated tech interface is easier to use
- Costs more than the competition
- Backseat room is smaller than rivals
Edmunds' Expert Review
Despite posting unimpressive performance numbers, the 640i Gran Coupe feels more than capable in the real world. Power is smooth and decisive with quick responses from the transmission. The 650i impresses with its more powerful V8 that provides effortless acceleration. We're confident that the 640i will be the smart choice for the majority of drivers, while the 650i has appeal for the few that have an appetite for more performance.
Every 6 Series Gran Coupe has that unflappable Germanic feel at high speeds, yet somehow manages to feel smaller than it really is around turns. All the while, the ride quality is firm, yet suitably luxurious for a car of this price and level of prestige. That said, we're not so enthusiastic about the optional active steering and stabilizer bars. Specifically, the steering lacks the company's trademark road feel, while the sophisticated stabilizer bars are actually too effective, decreasing body roll to the point that you no longer have a sense of how hard you're pushing the car.
Unlike the more conventional 5 Series sedan on which it is based, the 6 Series Gran Coupe's interior has a more driver-centric and stylish design. The dash joins gracefully with a large center console that creates a wraparound feel with the driver. Thankfully, the added style doesn't come at the expense of usability, as all controls are just as intuitive as other BMWs. Materials quality is excellent and shoppers have plenty of customizable options to suit their personal tastes.
The Gran Coupe also distinguishes itself from the 5 Series with a sporty low-slung driving position, but not all differences are positive. The sloping rear roofline cuts into rear passenger headroom and the center rear seat is more of a shelf. That said, the rear accommodations are still roomier than the standard 6 Series Coupe.
BMW's iDrive infotainment system remains one of the best in the business for its ease of use and responsiveness and both the Harman Kardon and Bang & Olufsen audio systems deliver music with power and clarity.
Cargo capacity tops out at 13.0 cubic feet. That's less space than its competitors and the trunk liftover is rather high. The split-folding rear seats and center pass- through allow for longer and bulkier objects, though.